BR Conquered People Brief – CP

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Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 9, 2018

HALIFAX – A Halifax judge has rebuked the Nova Scotia government, waiving its solicitor-client privilege with a former Crown lawyer who is planning to sue the province and its premier for constructive dismissal and abuse of public office.

Alex Cameron was removed from an Aboriginal rights case in December 2016 after suggesting in a legal brief the Mi’kmaq were a conquered people who were owed no duty of consultation.

Amid an outcry from the Mi’kmaq and others, the government withdrew the brief, and disowned the argument.

Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters at the time “that brief went way beyond where it needed to go,” and said he wanted an explanation from the Justice Department.

Cameron retired on April 30th, 2017, and served legal notice on the government two days later.

In an affidavit Cameron says the arguments “were in accordance with” the instructions he was given.

In his written ruling, Justice John Murphy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, says statements by government officials “nullified confidentiality and ended the privilege which otherwise applied.”

(The Canadian Press)

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